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March 15, 2011

Retired Musician Credits 'Man Upstairs' for $25,000 Lottery Win

Story Photo audio icon It was like music to an Arkansas man’s ears, when he learned that he won $25,000 on a Missouri Lottery Club Keno ticket. Teddy Sadler, a retired musician who formerly toured with “Branson Hayride,” said it was a keen eye that led him to selecting the numbers that made him a winner at Fred’s Ranch House, Highway 5 S., in Gainesville.
           
“I’d been playing part of them on another 10-spot,” the Mountain Home, Ark., resident began, referring to the first of two sets of Club Keno numbers he played on March 13. “I noticed some other numbers were coming in, so I made a new ticket. Second game on that new ticket was the winner.”
           
The father of two said his wife of 33-years “grabbed the ticket and took it over to check it,” after she saw the familiar numbers appear on the screen.
           
“I knew that I’d hit a lot of numbers, but I didn’t know exactly how many,” he recalled. “It came up and showed $25,000. It was pretty shocking.”
           
Sadler added that his wife teased him that she “was going to hit the 10-spot” before he did, so she was surprised when his numbers hit.
           
As for plans for the windfall, Sadler explained with a laugh that his car “has over 200,000 miles on it,” so he intends on trading it in for a vehicle with less mileage.
           
When asked to sum up his Lottery-winning experience, he said, “It means a lot.”
           
“It was getting to a point where I was wondering how I was going to afford a new vehicle. I have two cars, but the transmissions went out on both of them. I needed a car, and I guess the man upstairs knew that, too.”
           
Sadler, who plays Club Keno with his wife and friends on most weekends, doesn’t plan to stop playing his favorite Lottery game anytime soon.
          
“I just hope my luck holds up, and I’d like to continue getting a winner here and there!” he exclaimed.  

Club Keno is a Numbers Game with drawings every four minutes. Players can choose from a variety of play methods by selecting how many “spots,” or numbers, they wish to play. Originally only offered in age-controlled establishments, the game is also available at any Missouri Lottery retail location as “Keno To Go.”

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